Thursday, August 27, 2009

Twitterpated and You're a Hoot card

Here's the card we're making at my new Fall/Winter CTMH catalog release party. I love this paper and these stamps....too cute together!

Join us at the party!
Saturday, Sept 12 at 2pm
At my sister's house in San Elijo Hills
RSVP to me at
This one is FREE!

I've got lots of fun techniques to show you how to make cardmaking and scrapbooking faster, easier, less expensive...and always beautiful! If you come I'll give you the new Idea Book for free, plus I'm having a raffle so you can win some of the fun new product!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Christmas Cards & Thank You Cards

On Sunday I got to hang out with my friend, and fellow CTMHer, Mandy. We crafted ALL day! I focused on Christmas cards using the new Jingle paper and Thank You cards using the new Grace, Sweet Home, and Twitterpated (my favorite) paper. I used some Mojo challenges as inspiration.

This is my favorite card...because this new Twitterpated paper AND Grown With Love stamp set are my favorites! I used some real buttons and some of the new colored chipboard buttons.

I love the silhouette look of this new Childhood Portrait stamp set.

I'm not crazy about how this cart turned out, but it shows you the new Grace paper.
Love those flowers. The little girl is 3D.
And onto my favorite...Christmas cards! I must admit, I have a bit of an obsession with Christmas. Stamps are no exception. Most of what I bought from the new catalog were Christmas stamps. This Ms. Holiday Cheer stamp set was the very first thing on my list. How cute is she?! So fun to color her in...she can have so many different looks! LOVE this new Jingle paper too...the nontraditional colors are stunning.

More Jingle paper with the Holiday Jingle stamp set.

This is another super fun new stamp set to play with...Holiday Trinkets.
Endless possibilities with this one! The techniques I used for this were
second generation stamping and rock-n-roll stamping.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Scrapbook Layouts with Magic Moments

I'm getting caught up with some scrapbooking! I used the Magic Moments paper pack for these pictures. This is my very favorite CTMH paper, and seems to go with so much.

These pictures are from last December when my dad's side of the family all got together in Arizona to celebrate my cousin's wedding. She lives in Seattle and they had their wedding there, but a lot of friends didn't make it, so they had another reception at her parents' house so everyone could come. There are some "issues" between my grandpa and the rest of the family, but he was at the party. It was the first time we'd seen him in many years, and the first time he got to meet his first great-granddaughter, Madison (my sister's baby). She was 6 months old at the time.

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Little Ms. Holiday Cheer

Here's another sneak peek into the new catalog, coming Sept. 1. When I saw this stamp set in the new catalog I knew it'd be the first one I'd buy! I just love the "Ms." stamp sets that Close to my Heart has come out with the last few catalogs...and this one is no exception. Especially since I'm a sucker for Christmas stamps.

I used the new Creative Basics Jingle Collection paper along with the Ms. Holiday Cheer stamp set. The "fur" on her santa suit is coated in fuzzy white fun flock! The Deck the Halls and snowflake stamps are from the new Holiday Trinkets stamp set. (And of course all the stamp sets are clear acrylics!) The card design is adapted from "It's a Wrap" in Wishes.

Colors: Tulip, Juniper, Hollyhock, and Baby Pink

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Michael's and Jo-Ann Coupons

This Michael's coupon is good for this Sunday, August 16 from 4-8pm only. But it'll get you 25% off your entire purchase, including sale items! I like to use these coupons to stock up on my adhesive and glue dots.

This Jo-Ann coupon is good for 40% off any one regualar-priced item, expires Saturday, August 15.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Fall/Winter CTMH Idea Book is Coming!

I am waiting on pins and needles to be able to show you all the new products that Close to my Heart came up with for the Fall/Winter Idea book! You will be able to get your hands on a copy of it come Sept. 1, and if you want to see the new products first-hand and learn how to make a beautiful card, email me to host a home gathering! I'll be having a catalog release party the beginning of TBA.

The All Sorts album below is a sneak peek at a representation of the new products coming soon! I had such fun putting this mini album together...I'm going to be doing more of them for sure! It's 6 chipboard pages, each about 6"x6". I took mine to work instead of lets me have more pictures out! This album is also perfect for a single a birthday party or family vacation...and makes a great gift!

Twitterpated paper! I loooove it! The circle is from the new On Target
dimensional elements (chipboard). Aren't my parents cute? :)
(Click any image for a larger view.)

More twitterpated paper. Check out those cute and colorful chipboard buttons!

Is that GLITTER...on brads?! YES! One of my favorite newbies!! No mess, lots of shine!
Chris and me with our niece, Madison.

Speaking of no mess and lots of shine...check out the glittery "Winter Cheer."
It's a GLITTER rub-on.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but see the swirly background? It's a pattern on a transparency. You've gotta see it in person! And the new tree stamp. I LOVE this set...there are endless possibilities!
This is my niece, "The Thinker," when she was just a week old.

Here's another transparency. Makes a nice frame around the picture. Those trees are felt. Felt is so in right now!

More pretty new paper, felt, and rub-ons. Can you tell this is Chris's family? Who's the odd-ball?
I adore this new "Jingle" Christmas paper. I love that it's not the traditional red and green. I paper-pieced the Christmas tree stamp, which is October's stamp of the month. I am in love with all the stamp of the months for fall/winter!

This is my sister, Ashley, with her sweet baby girl, Madison.Here's that tree stamp set again. I {heart} it.
I'm also beginning new Workshops...each month you'll be given a whole kit including an exclusive stamp set, a full paper pack, a full size embellishment item, and a guide. The guide gives you step-by-step instructions so you'll be able to complete a professional-looking 2-page layout OR 6 cards in approximately 2 hours. Plus you'll have enough material leftover to make whichever you didn't create at the workshop, plus extra for the bonus instructions in the guide! This kit can be purchased from me for only $29.95 ($33.95 value)! You can still purchase the kit even if you can't attend the workshop. More info coming soon.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sneak Peek at the NEW Fall/Winter Close to my Heart Products...Through the New Consultant Kit

The new Consultant Kit is now available...jam-packed with TONS of the new fall/winter products! The new Idea Book is not available until Sept. 1 unless you are a Consultant, but here's a sneak peek at some of the new products through these pictures. I wish I could purchase this kit again...I LOVE all the new products and it's such a great value!

Check out this adorable Jingle paper...I just love the non-traditional Christmas colors in it. And the new My Acrylix stamp sets are amazing. I already stocked up on tons of Christmas sets and I am planning some amazing Christmas card workshops for you! Let me know when you want to book yours...I'm gonna have some special hostess perks if you host one!

Everything you see in this kit above is just $99! It's such an incredible deal...over a $300 value! Plus, you can add 1-2 more consultant-only bonus kits to this one. For $60 more you can add the scrapbook-emphasis bonus kit, and for $50 more you can add the card-emphasis bonus kit. Each is over a $150 value. I wish I could get them again at this amazing price!! See this flyer with more info and larger pictures.

Here are the scrapbook and card bonus kits (click for a larger view)...

Sign up to be a Close to my Heart Consultant on my team!

If you have any questions about becoming a Close to my Heart Consultant, email me! I LOVE what I do. I can spend as much or as little time as I want on my Close to my Heart business...and get to do something I love. You can use CTMH as a business and make some extra money, or you can use it as a hobby and get a discount on the awesome products. Either way, I'd love to have you on my growing team, and you'll get an awesome value by starting out with this kit.

If you aren't familiar with CTMH, you're in just found the most awesome scrapbooking and stamping company! The products are innovative and of the highest quality. The MyAcrylix stamps are such an amazing alternative to the old-fashioned wooden/rubber stamps. You use them with clear acrylic blocks and can actually SEE where you're stamping. Not to mention they're much easier to store. But there are many more perks to this company than the clear stamps. Now is better than ever before to be a part of this company, as a customer or a Consultant. Contact me if you have questions and feel free to browse my CTMH website for more information about Close to my Heart.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Michael's Coupon

Here's a coupon for Michael's that is good for the ENTIRE purchase! These babies don't come out too often :) Enjoy! Good Aug. 9-15.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

August Stamp of the Month

It's Your Day
$22.95 value...get it free! Details below.

This set is full of fun party images, from cakes to gifts, to invitation information to just saying Happy Birthday -- this set is perfect to have on hand for your birthday needs! It is only available August 1-31st so get it before it's gone.

Each month Close To My Heart offers you a limited-time My Acrylix stamp set valued at $22.95. It's Your Day is available to you at a discount or free...

You Spend: $25 and receive 25% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $17.21
You Spend: $50 and receive 50% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $11.48
You Spend: $75 and receive 75% off of the Stamp Set... You Pay only $5.74
You Spend: $100 and receive the Stamp Set FREE!!!

To order Close to my Heart products online, click here!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

CTMH Leadership Convention 2009

The Close to my Heart Leadership conference has been a blast! Here's a picture of Mandy and me. (Mandy on left, me on right.)

We are SO excited about the new products. Not only are there tons of new stamp sets that I NEED, but Jeanette blew us away with her news this morning. CTMH will be launching digital scrapbooking! This isn't going to be your average digital scrapbooking...we all know that CTMH doesn't do anything "average." It will use CTMH's signature colors, patterned paper, embellishments, My Stickease, etc....all layed out for you and easy to customize. It's dummy-proof...and CTMH has thought of everything! I will always be a printed paper and scissors scrapbooker, but I will definitely try this out. Because this digital scrapbooking program isn't just virtual. Once you finish your layout, or project of several LO's, you ORDER it and Close to my Heart professionally prints it and sends it to you. So once you receive it you can add your own buttons, brads, ribbon, stamping, etc, so it still feels like you scrapped it. SO AWESOME! The digital scrapbooking is called studio j, and the website with more information is It should be up and running with a preview shortly. Leadership Consultants will be able to play with it starting this fall, and customers will in the spring. So now is the time to become a Consultant!

There are contests at every CTMH convention, and I participated in the card contest. We had to take 1 pattern from the new Wishes book (awesome book, by the way, I highly recommend that you have it if you are at all interested in the least!) and make 3 different cards using that one pattern. Here was my take on it...

And finally, I made some business cards before coming to Convention so I'd have them to put in drawings and give to friends. I printed them myself on cardstock, cut them out, and stamped them. I like how they turned out...but I couldn't decide on just one look :)

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